Affric Highlands â€“ An ambitious new rewilding initiative
Affric Highlands is an exciting new initiative underpinned by a unique partnership of communities, businesses, private landowners and nature conservation interests across a large Highland landscape. The initiative's aim is to restore nature at an ambitious landscape scale and catalyse the creation of more sustainable, nature-based livelihoods in the local communities. Over a thirty-year timeframe, we believe this partnership can deliver transformative change for the natural environment, local economy and community wellbeing.
To apply for the role of Field Officer, or learn more about Trees for Life, please download an application form and other documentation from our website.
Duration: 2 year fixed term- (possible extension)
Location: Findhorn and Dundreggan, with home working and travel to locations across the project area.
Hours: 35 per week
Reporting to: Affric Highlands Team Leader
Start Date: TBC
Applications can be submitted to Jobs@treesforlife.org.uk for the attention of Laura Miller.
Deadline for applications
Field Officer: January 3rd 2022 Midday
Interview Dates and Process
Field officer: January 26th 2022 Via Zoom*
*Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend a two stage process of an initial interview via Zoom and then a second meeting with the wider key liaisons in person or via Zoom.
All applicants will be notified if they have been shortlisted or not via email within 14 days of the deadline.
Trees for Life are proud to offer an inclusive, friendly and welcoming environment to work in and applications are welcome from all members of society. We actively seek to remove barriers to employment so If you require information in another format, please contact us.
The Field Officer will be a crucial member of the three-strong Affric Highlands team with a pivotal role in delivering the land use change on which the initiative depends. The primary focus of the role is to develop options for ecological restoration on individual landholdings in the Affric Highlands area. These options will be derived from a combination of available GIS data and field visits. Opportunities may arise to coordinate action across neighbouring land ownerships to maximise the ecological benefits through connectivity or shared work on the ground.
The landowners are a diverse group, including private, public and NGOs, with different priorities, attitudes and interests. The options identified for ecological restoration may vary from single initial steps towards restoration to larger scale programmes of work depending on the landowner's readiness for change. The quality of our relationships with landowners will be an important factor in delivery, so the options we present must be practical and lead to tangible benefits as far as possible. The Field Officer will therefore work closely with the Affric Highlands Enterprise Manager to identify where ecological restoration can lead to potential sources of revenue from carbon offsetting, biodiversity credits or business development possibilities.
The Field Officer will work on a daily basis with the Team Leader and the Enterprise Manager for Affric Highlands, as well as other Trees for Life staff, including our Senior Ecologist. They will also work closely with our partners in Rewilding Europe, including their expanding network of rewilding areas' teams across Europe who can share their experience of implementing and monitoring landscape scale change. Landowners and land managers, particularly deer managers are a crucial point of contact and there will also be important relationships with Scottish Forestry, NatureScot and private consultancies working with Affric Highlands.
Scope, Accountability and Resources
The Field Officer will be responsible for developing practical options for ecological restoration with land managers in Affric Highlands. They will use GIS datasets and field data to develop and ground truth proposals for nature restoration across the Affric Highlands. Working with the Affric Highlands team, the Field Officer will present the proposed options to land managers, discuss their practical requirements and guide towards support and capacity needed to work through the potential funding application processes.
Work in collaboration with land managers
Desk-based appraisal of options for ecological restoration
Ground-truth options for ecological restoration
Develop an Affric Highlands monitoring strategy
Contribute to Affric Highlands communication and engagement
Skills & Competencies
Closing Date: 03/01/2022 Location: Findhorn and Dundreggan